Scale and ornament 141 Scale

Buildings should be designed well at a range of scales. An understanding and an appreciation of all the scales will help in the art of assembly and detailing. Therefore, an elegant and well-proportioned building will have been successfully considered at the large scale as well as in its details. Good details alone do not necessarily lead to architectural success. This achievement relies on the consideration of all elements of the composition of varying scale (see Colour Plates 14 and 20).

For example, the canopy of the pavilion building contrasts and compliments the monumental scale of the Millennium Dome, as illustrated in Figure 1.3.

Examples of the order of scale are as follows:

1. Volumetric scale:

2. Structural scale:

3. Module scale:

4. Elemental scale:

5. Assembly scale:

6. Detail scale:

Textural scale: Point scale:

The big picture for the whole project and its locality.

The structural system, e.g. a 40 m span roof structure.

Repetitive elements, such as beams.

The form of the connections.

The detail of the base of a column, or part of a truss.

Surface appearance.

For example, the head of an individual bolt on a plate.

All of these elements of scale represent opportunities for architectural expression.

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